Denis Villeneuve is one of the most highly acclaimed and hardworking Canadian filmmakers. In his thriving career, Villeneuve has collaborated with enough A-list talents on his passion projects. The award-winning filmmaker has successfully helmed several blockbusters, thrilling, and sci-fi movies, many of which have earned him critical acclaim and significant accolades for his top-notch direction skills.
In 2021, the 55-year-old filmmaker directed his commercially successful American epic sci-fi movie Dune, starring a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. The project has an intriguing plot and unique themes. In a previous interview, he talked about what inspired him to create the breathtaking landscape scene. Villeneuve claimed he wanted to make that sequence seem like “it was a bad Tuesday morning.” Thus, he relied more on mood than beauty.
Denis Villeneuve Was Not Looking For Beauty While Filming the Landscape Scene in His Movie Dune
Denis Villeneuve is one of the most successful filmmakers of his generation. Villeneuve has a unique directing approach and a gifted talent for creating mind-blowing projects. In his celebrated career, Villeneuve has directed several fascinating, influential, and blockbuster films like Dune, the epic sci-fi movie starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, and other talented stars.
The project has an intriguing concept, ravishing themes, and over-the-top scenes that captivated the audience. The 55-year-old director has claimed on multiple occasions that he insisted on filming the movie in real locations. He once shared what inspired him to create those stunning landscape sequences. Speaking on Variety Directors on Directors, the 55-year-old director sat down to discuss his movie with James Cameron and shared how he wanted to create the landscape scene authentically, saying,
“First of all, we went for a landscape, what Arrakis would look like, what would be, more specifically, the color palette, what kind of light we were looking for. I was not looking for beauty, I was looking for the power of the landscape. I kept saying your drawing needs to be done like it was a bad Tuesday morning, the light was bad, and it was easy, and the sun was not proper, and you’re sad. I wanted to have something very mundane very close to ground it, and for me, it was the let’s say, the design at the beginning was less important than the atmospheric mood.”
Denis Villeneuve claimed that he wanted to showcase that sequence authentically as he relied more on mood than beauty, as he wished to display “the power of the landscape.”
Denis Villeneuve Shared His Experience Making This Blockbuster Movie
As reported by Gizmodo, Denis Villeneuve sat down with Stephen Colbert for a virtual Q&A and was joined by the star cast of his epic sci-fi movie Dune. During his conversation he discussed his experience filming this blockbuster project, saying,
“Dune is about the ecosystem, at the very core. What I did learn about Dune is exploration of the life and the ecosystem and biosphere, and all the science that Frank Herbert put behind that is so beautiful, it’s so poetic. I think that in order to bring Dune to the screen, I had to be as close to nature as possible and to make Dune as close to us as possible. So when people will see the movie, they will be amazed by the power of the landscape… [and] most importantly, they will feel strangely at home.”
Denis Villeneuve-directed film boasts a stellar cast ensemble featuring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, among more. The film received critical acclaim and positive reviews from the audience. The movie was a box office success, grossing $402 million at the global box office against a budget of $165 million.
Dune is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.